October 18, 2012 8:40 AM
From the Tulane uptown campus to the landmark 30 Rockefeller Center in New York, political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry is no stranger to iconic settings. Yet a recent trip to the White House for her one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama was a unique opportunity for her.
“Whenever I am conducting interviews for my television show, and especially in this case, I always want to treat the person I am interviewing with respect and at the same time push them to offer insights that I think my viewers, or in this case readers, will particularly want to know. Obviously, treating the president with respect isn’t hard! But it is hard to get someone who is as polished and experienced as he is to offer new insights, and tell us things we haven’t heard before.”
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Aidan Smith is external affairs officer for the Newcomb College Institute.
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